Answers To Questions
What is the Lutheran Church-Canada National Youth Gathering?
The Lutheran Church-Canada National Youth Gathering is an event sponsored by Lutheran Church-Canada every three years that is focused on building up and encouraging Lutheran young people and youth leaders in our church. Our 11th Gathering will be hosted in Langley, British Columbia.
Who can attend the Gathering?
Youth ages 13 (finished grade seven) – 18 and youth leaders ages 21+ are welcome to attend the Gathering. We also have an option for young adults to serve at the Gathering as volunteers, called IBOD’s. Check out the IBOD information on the website if you’re interested in helping as a young adult. Youth groups from across Canada, the United States and Australia have attended the Gathering in the past.
Why is the Gathering called “WORTHLESS”?
The Gathering Committee worked with the presenter to develop the theme for this Gathering. The theme is WORTHLESS – THERE IS NOTHING YOU ARE WORTH LESS THAN! “The theme sets the table for many more aspects of the NYG, so it was important for us to spend a lot of time discussing the details. “Even after the theme was originally presented, it was necessary to make sure it was the right theme for us. We looked at different variations of the word ‘worth’, but none had quite the same message as worthless. Our committee understands that this can be seen as a negative theme, and we want to emphasize how our sin makes us worthless before God, but also how much He loves us and thinks that we are worth saving. We think this theme really makes a great connection to both the Law and the Gospel. Some of the ideas we will discuss during main sessions include what the world says we are worth, our own sense of worth, what God says we are worth, and telling the world about their worth.” The Scriptural basis for the theme is drawn from Romans 5:8: “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” We will learn more about this theme from our main stage presenters, but we will also have the opportunity to gather in smaller groups for Bible studies where we get the chance to go a little deeper into the ideas presented on the main stage.
Where will the Gathering be hosted in 2019?
We’ll meet in Langley, British Columbia and stay on the campus of Trinity Western University. We’ll stay in the dorms there and eat great cafeteria food. We’ll attend main sessions in the theatre at Trinity Western campus and also attend break-out sessions in various other rooms. On Sunday afternoon, we’ll spend the day at Grouse Mountain on the North Shore of Vancouver. Monday morning will be spent doing servant events in the area.
How much will the event cost?
Youth and youth leaders pay a subsidized rate of $495.00 per person, which includes the program costs, food, accommodation and special event excursion to Grouse Mountain. There will be an opportunity to upgrade your Grouse Mountain experience. There will be an extra fee for transportation to and from the airport. We are offering a reduced registration rate for our IBODs (young adult volunteers) at $200.00 per person.
What is a 7+1 group? What is a 7+1 leader?
A 7+1 group is a group of seven young people with an adult leader. We’re asking that groups attending the gathering send one adult leader for every seven youth in attendance. A 7+1 leader is the adult leader sent with the youth to the Gathering.
How do we register for the Gathering?
The registration materials will be posted on our website in early 2018. There will be early registration in the spring of 2018. Those who register early will receive extra perks such as choice of residence and a SWAG bag. Once a group is registered, Leaders and Youth can be substituted for another but no refund will be given on the deposit. Watch the website and our Facebook page for further details.
Will there be t-shirts and other items for sale at the Gathering?
T-shirts and other items with the Gathering logo will be available for pickup at the Gathering. We’re asking that groups fill out their merchandise choices when they register and pay for them in advance so that we can have them ready for the Gathering.
Will there be local transportation at the Gathering? How much will it cost?
The Gathering Committee will be making bussing arrangements from the airport. We strongly recommend flying into the Abbotsford airport if possible and if not the Vancouver Airport. This is for any groups arriving for the Gathering on July 5 and departing on July 9. There will be a fee for this service, cost yet to be determined.
Will there be meals provided at the Gathering?
Yes. Breakfast, lunch and supper will be provided as part of registration fees on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Gathering. Breakfast will be provided on Tuesday morning of the Gathering as part of registration fees. Tuesday lunch is not provided.
Will there be separate areas and bathrooms for males and females in the dorms?
Each dorm floor will be designated either male or female.
Will there be medical help at the Gathering?
We will have a Gathering nurse (R.N.) onsite at the Gathering helping with basic medical concerns. Please ensure that your group’s medical information is up-to-date and complete on the registration forms.
What will we be doing at the Gathering?
Highlights of the Gathering will include large group sessions with special speakers and musicians, small group Bible study, 7+1 devotions, games, food, servant events, concert, opportunities to learn about specific topics, worship, a trip to Grouse Mountain and more.
Who will be speaking and singing at the event?
We’re really excited to have Rev. Glenn Worcester serve as our Main Session speaker. The drama team These Guys is joining us from the U.S. and bringing some great skits our way. We’re also really glad to have FALL7 playing music and singing at the Gathering. And Dr. John Oberdeck leading workshops for youth leaders.
What “learning opportunities” will be featured at the Gathering?
In addition to the great learning times available in the main sessions and in worship, we’ll also feature some times for youth to learn about defending the faith, drama, witnessing and more. For our youth leaders, we’ll be offering training in youth ministry with Leon Jameson from These Guys and Dr. John Oberdeck.
What servant events will be available at the Gathering?
We’re currently making contact with various organizations and social agencies in the Langley/Vancouver area and organizing opportunities for 7+1 groups to go and serve others in Jesus’ name. Keep your eyes on the website for more information about these servant events as the time of the Gathering approaches!
What if we have other questions?
Please email your other questions to co-chair Tony Marchand at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to answer them. We’ll also add them to this page for others to see.